I've just returned from a few weeks in Toronto, a city with which I find myself in a not-quite-expected relationship. It started seven years ago, when a Torontonian listener of my podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture suggested I come interview a few notables there. I'd given l…
Even though I moved to Los Angeles 40 years after the publication of Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, the book still of…
Luchino Visconti's White Nights (Le notti bianche) loosely adapts the eponymous Dostoevsky short story, transposing it from Saint Petersburg into the T…
In my latest New Yorker piece, I consider Holy Land author D.J. Waldie’s latest book, Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place: In 1993…
Malcolm Gladwell once described his typical reader as "a 45-year-old guy with three kids who’s an engineer at some company outside of Atlanta." That sa…
The MIT Technology Review recently put out an issue on cities. When asked for a contribution, I realized I could take the opportunity to write an essay…
"Don't set out to raze all shrines — you'll frighten men," declares Ellsworth Toohey, villain of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. "Enshrine mediocrity — an…
Since moving to Seoul in 2015, I’ve written the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog, mostly covering Korean literature, cinema, current events, and…
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